Levi Jackson State Park is now under new ownership

Published: Sep. 3, 2019 at 6:18 PM EDT
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There is nothing better than the great outdoors and the Levi Jackson Park is no exception.

From campgrounds to wildlife the park is sentimental to many in the area.

"When we first started coming here our kids were like five years old," says Saundra Lee Rogers, who is staying at the campground.

During the last few years, officials say not many have taken advantage of the beautiful haven.

"We have seen a gradual decline in the condition of the park and a decline in visitors," says Mayor of London Troy Rudder.

So after a few years of negotiation, the state handed over the park to the City of London on Tuesday.

"It means so much to the city of London and to me personally," adds Rudder.

Rudder and others are hoping to restore this Eastern Kentucky treasure back to its prime and make some upgrades to bring in more visitors.

"We will do a little painting, brighten up a little bit, put our own spin on it," says park director Joey Engle.

Even though a few changes are underway, the beauty of the park will remain.

"One of the first things we are going to try and do is upgrade the camping area because that is the heart of that park," explained Rudder.

The new official name of the park is Levi Jackson Wilderness Road Park.

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